Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts


March 14–16, 2024

Registration is now open for the 2024 QFPA Vocal-Choral Festival!

All registrations and entries are to be submitted via DanceComp Genie. Please familiarize yourself on how to register by clicking the buttons below, which will take you to comprehensive and detailed information to do it right the first time!

It is the responsibility of each participant to read and comply with all the Rules governing the QFPA Dance Festival.

This Year’s Adjudicators

2024 Vocal-Choral Adjudicator
Fiona Blackburn

Fiona Blackburn has an international reputation for her passionate support of the art of singing in all its forms, as well as for her engaging and uplifting interaction with singers of all ages. She holds a Bachelor of Music in voice performance, a Bachelor of Education in secondary music, and a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia.

As a professional singer, Fiona performed, recorded and toured for 13 seasons with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and sang numerous roles with Vancouver Opera for five seasons. Her solo work includes performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Vancouver CBC Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia among others. Fiona has two Celtic CDs to her credit and even performed for five summers on an Alaskan cruise ship.

As an educator, Fiona has taught music from kindergarten to university, where she was adjunct professor in the Department of Education at UBC. As an adjudicator – for both choral and solo voice festivals – Fiona is always excited to support emerging young artists and choirs, with whom she is eager to share her ideas, experiences and expertise.

Fiona recently retired from her appointment as Artistic Director of the BC Girls Choir which she founded two decades ago. She toured internationally with the singers to over 15 countries. In 2018, the choir was awarded the coveted ‘Children’s Choir of the World’ trophy, the highest honour at the world’s prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. She has also directed the Zephyra Women’s Choir and Pacifica Singers, the associate ensemble of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Fiona was awarded the BC Choral Federation’s 2016 Healey Willan Award for her work to promote choral singing in our province.

Since moving to Vancouver Island, Fiona is leading three choirs: the 70-voice Malaspina Choir which performs major works with orchestra; Island Bel Canto Singers, a premiere women’s choir on the central Island; and her new project – Island Flora Girls’ Choir. Fiona lives with her retired music educator husband at Fanny Bay.

Performing Arts promotes creativity, self-discovery and expression. It is an essential part of our community. If you would like to be part of fostering the Arts in Quesnel, contact us!

Photo credits: Clarke Action Photography and Bob Michek at South Hill Graphics.

The Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts is a partner-in-perpetuity with the Rotary Club of Quesnel.